I started reading Elric, but it will take some time before I am done.
Thus, take anything below with a grain of salt
As for races, I understand there's humans and Melniboners, thus I am going for the former.
I had this idea:
A falling star of uncanny properties fell, and all born nine months henceforth were strange somehow. So it was with Gerhard, who found himself with the two-edged gift of being able to see things beyond mundane reality, and a strange inseparable companion, whom he affectionately calls his "Cellmate", though the presence has a name unfit for human vocal cords. Theirs is a strange symbiosis, where the entity learns of human condition through the man, and he in turn learns of the ephemeral.
The above are conductive to mastering magic in a world where its foundation is convincing supernatural entities to carry out your will; on the other hand, it is less conductive to a content, uneventful life when you have trouble keeping the supernatural out.
Gerhard has two major motivations:
> First of all, he wishes to investigate the comet that fell those twenty years ago, because the Cellmate does not recall, it was just thrust into this world. Gerhard wishes to investigate the other Star-born and the mysterious source of their gift.
> He wishes to investigate the rumors of a "Magic of Man" - supernatural power that humans can exert without the aid of demons or elementals.
Furthermore, he's looking into alchemy as a source to better control his talent, for too much perception can be as much of a problem as too little of it.
Appearance-wise, he's a tall, slender raven-haired man with eyes of blue, a distinguishing feature being that his entire colour palette is slightly off - the eyes a deeper shade of blue, the skin whiter, the hair a deeper black than is usual; this applies to the colour of blood too. As a younger son, he strove to appear slightly older, hence growing a beard; recently, this is helped by a few early strands of silver at his temples.
In astral realms, the nature of his passenger shines through the seeming. Instead of appearing as a glowing, semi-translucent version of himself, as others would; undulating eye-studded curtains of gossamer surround his astral self, his body embedded in eerie growth sprouting from his form (yes, it scared him too the first time).
While of a scholastic bend, Gerhard learned a good amount of pragmatism while aiding his father with book-keeping, setting up enterprises, and overseeing less important ventures. He's learned some practical skills while being stranded on an uninhabited island for half a year when one of the shipping ventures went less well than expected.
To the Filks, he may seem detached at times, caring far less about pomp than substance - which is expected when you know there's so much more to life than meets the (mundane) eye. His garb is more practical (and easier replaced) than the fancy costumes of his brothers - this is practical when you are an alchemist.
(to be completed)